Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Next Let's Talk...Genealogy Meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018!

Fingers are crossed in hopes that Mother Nature and other troublesome possibilities allow us to actually hold our meeting this week.

Wednesday, February 14, at 7 p.m. in the Local History & Genealogy Room of the Mount Clemens Public Library is this month's MCGG Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting. Our topic for the night is ... FamilySearch.org Tips and Tricks.


We will share resources found on the FamilySearch website, tips and tricks for better results, and what to do now that microfilm can not be rented.

New attendees are always welcome.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Valentine's Day, Feburary DNA Sales

Since mother nature is insisting we stay home rather than gather for a meeting, here are some autosomal DNA sales that might interest you.

Family Tree DNA
It is a Valentine's Day sale over at Family Tree DNA until Feburary 14, 2018. Shipping and taxes are extra which vary depending on where the test is shipped. From a while back the shipping cost to Michigan was about $12.95 for one kit which covers the receiving and sending the test.

FamilyFinder (autosomal for male or female) regular price $79 ... now $59
FamilyFinder and Y-37 bundle (for one male) regular price $248 ... now $199
FamilyFinder and Y-67 bundle (for one male) regular price $347 ... now $299
FamilyFinder and mtFull Sequence bundle (for one male or female) regular price $278 ... now $229
FamilyFinder with Y-67 and mtFull Sequence bundle (for one male) regular price $546 ... now $473

Family Tree DNA provides an ethnicity (admixture) report, list of DNA matches, chromosome browser and allows DNA matches to contact a match directly if that match allows it. Once tested, DNA samples are stored so that additional test types (upgrades) can be added if desired. Family Tree DNA is the only genealogy DNA testing company that offers all three DNA test types: autosomal, Y-DNA and mtDNA. No subscription is needed to see/use all the DNA matching features.

Family Tree DNA also offers autosomal DNA transfers. So if you have already tested at another genealogy DNA testing company you can upload your RAW DNA data to get your test into another "pool" of potential DNA matches. The transfer is initially free which lets you see all your matches and use the FamilyFinder-Matrix to compare up to 10 matches. To access additional FamilyFinder tools the cost is just $19 to unlock them.

Family Tree DNA currently accepts autosomal transfers from:
  • Ancestry DNA (V1 and V2 chips)
  • 23andME (V3 and V4 chips) but not its V5 chip in use since Aug. 2017
  • MyHeritageDNA (Transfers from kits tested directly at MyHeritage are completely free with no unlock fee.) 
One thing to note is that transfers of tests on the AncestryDNA V2 chip and the 23andMe V4 chip receive all but the most speculative matches (6th cousin to remote cousins) because these chips are not fully compatible.

AncestryDNA
It is a WinterSale over at Ancestry.com until February 25, 2018. An AncestryDNA (autosomal) test regulary $99 is now $69. Shipping and taxes are extra.

AncestryDNA provides ethnicity/admixture reports, a match list, matches in common, and an internal member messaging system. It does not provide a chromosome browser tool. Also, if you do not have a data/records membership subscription you will not have access to some DNA features/tools such as member trees and the internal messaging system. Ancestry offers an AncestryDNAInsights subscription for about $49/year as of 2016 which would give access to all of the DNA tools but not any data/records.

We are not sure if the FREESHIPDNA code will work with this sale but it does not hurt to try it.

AncestryDNA also sells its test kits on Amazon.com and at sale prices when they are having a sale. Non-AmazonPrime members get free shipping due to the total cost and because it is fulfilled by Amazon; prime members just get quicker 2-day shipping for free. 

23andMe
It is a 20 percent off sale for Valentine's Day over at 23andMe until February 14, 2018. An Ancestry Service (autosomal) test regularly $99 is now $79 and the Health + Ancestry Service test regularly $199 is now $159. Shipping and taxes are extra.

23andMe provides an ethnicity (admixture) report, list of DNA matches, chromosome browser and an internal member messaging system. No subscription is needed to see/use all the DNA matching features.

23andMe also sells its test kits on Amazon.com and at sale prices when they are having a sale. Non-AmazonPrime members get free shipping due to the total cost and because it is fulfilled by Amazon; prime members just get quicker 2-day shipping for free.

MyHeritage
It is a Valentine's Day Sale over at MyHeritage until February 14, 2018, and there are two ways to save with this sale. MyHeritageDNA (autosomal) tests regularly $99 each are on sale for $69 each. OR if buy two or more test kits at the same time the price drops to $59 per kit. Shipping and taxes are extra.

MyHeritageDNA is one of the newer players in the DNA and genealogy testing niche. Its customer base is more international. As of earlier this year, the company has added a chromosome browser feature and has made its internal member messaging feature free. It also offers an ethnicity/admixture report and a list of DNA matches. No data subscription is needed to see/use all the DNA matching features.

MyHeritageDNA is still offering free DNA transfers so if you already tested at another DNA testing company you can download your RAW DNA data from that site and upload it to MyHeritage. MyHeritageDNA accepts raw DNA data from Family Tree DNA, AncestryDNA (V1 and V2 version chips), and 23andMe (V2, V3 and V4 chips.)

Testing in as many "ponds" as possible is the advice genetic genealogists often give because you never know where someone has tested. Sale times and DNA data transfers are ways to make it easier to fish in multiple ponds to find your DNA matches.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

ATTENTION: Tomorrow's MCGG Friday Meeting is Cancelled Due to Weather

Unfortunately, due to the incoming bad weather and a boiler problem at our favorite library, tomorrow's MCGG Friday meeting is cancelled.

We will reschedule our speaker professional genealogist and national speaker Katherine Willson and her presentation Naturalization Rules, Records & Repositories as soon as her schedule and our schedule will allow.

Stay safe and warm everyone. Hopefully mother nature will be nicer to us starting next week. 

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Saturday, February 3, 2018

MCGG's Next Friday Meeting is February 9

MCGG's next Friday meeting is Friday, February 9, at 1:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Mount Clemens Public Library. Professional genealogist and national speaker Katherine Willson will present Naturalization Rules, Records & Repositories.

If you are in the Mt. Clemens area, PLEASE JOIN US. 

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Friday, February 2, 2018

Fold3 website's Black History Collection Free During the Month of February

During the month of February the Fold3 website is offering free access to its Black History Collection. This includes "colored" troop service records, court slave records, Amistad records, slave registry, and anti-slave records.

February is Black History month.

Just register for a basic Fold3 membership which is free with no credit card required. If you already have a free Fold3 basic membership, just sign into the website. (You do not need to sign up for a 7-day free trial which requires a credit card.) 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 
LE

Thursday, February 1, 2018

FindMyPast.co.uk Free Access to UK Civil Birth, Marriage, Death, Census Records

From February 1 to February 8, 2018, FindMyPast.co.uk is giving free access to Civil Birth, Marriage, Death and Census Records for the UK on its website to celebrate 100 years of votes for women.

In addition, FindMyPast.co.uk has a new Suffragette Collection which will be free to access until March 8, 2018.

To participate in the free access period you must register for free or sign into your existing account.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Monday, January 22, 2018

It is Time to Vote! Tweet Any Tweet with #DigUtica from Jan. 22 to Jan. 27

This is the Tweeting on Twitter voting time period. Any tweet including the hashtag #DigUtica between January 22 and January 27 adds one point to support digitizing The Utica Sentinel. in the 2018 Digital Michigan Newspaper Grant Program.
  • Tweet anything with the hashtag "#DigUtica" between January 22 and January 27
  • The content of the tweet does not matter, as long as the message is unique and includes the hashtag.
  • Tweet as many times as you wish.

Don't have a Twitter account? It is easy to set one up. Don't have a smart phone? That is okay because you can tweet from your computer from the Twitter website. The Macomb County Genealogy Group has put together a How to Twitter Vote handout that explains how to setup an account and a summary of the contest. There are also copies of this handout in the Mount Clemens Public Library's Local History and Genealogy Room.

#DigUtica



See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE